British copyright collective PRS for Music has welcomed Ghanaian singer-songwriter Gyakie as one of its newest members. This exciting development comes on the heels of PRS’s recent collaboration with American music rights and metadata management software platform Orfium to extend its licensing coverage to music users in Africa.
PRS for Music, established in 1914, represents the rights of over 165,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers worldwide. Comprising the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society and the Performing Right Society, PRS announced record-breaking collections of £964 million in 2022, an 18.9% increase compared to 2019. Additionally, royalty payouts surged by 21.9% to £836.2 million in 2019.
Taking to social media, PRS confirmed Gyakie’s membership and hailed her as an unstoppable force in music. They expressed their eagerness to witness the future of Gyakie’s musical journey unfold.
Gyakie, also known as Jackline Acheampong, emerged on the music scene in 2019 while in college. Blending elements of R&B and Afro-fusion, her debut single ‘Love Is Pretty’ propelled her to mainstream recognition. She has since released other hit singles like ‘Never Like This’ and ‘Whine,’ while her debut EP Seed (2020) gained immense popularity with the widely acclaimed single ‘Forever.’ With over 150 million streams across all platforms, Gyakie has earned numerous accolades and secured a spot in prestigious artist development programs such as Spotify’s EQUAL and Apple Music’s Africa Rising initiative.
Notably, her latest single ‘Scar’ features UK rapper JBEE, further showcasing her international appeal and artistic versatility.
In related news, PRS for Music has also announced the reappointment of Grammy-nominated songwriter V V Brown, award-winning singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, and dance music producer John Truelove to the PRS Members’ Council.